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  • Any Land

Building destroyer: Level 2

· Megabeast · Fire immune · Fanciful

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 10,000

· Exotic pet · Non-Breeding

Not hunting/war trainable

Adult at: Birth
Max age: Immortal
Butchering returns

(Value multiplier ×50)

Bones 20
Chunks 20
Meat 20
Fat 10
Skulls 1
Skin Leather

Wikipedia article

This article is about an older version of DF.

Dragons are predatory Megabeasts which are extremely hostile, larger than elephants, and quite resistant to damage. In addition to bite and claw attacks, they can breathe extremely hot (50000 °U hot) dragonfire over a considerable area, which can cause things such as grass, equipment and people to ignite. This fire is apparently magical in nature, and can hurt many creatures who are otherwise comfortable in the fire. Note that if your Dwarves are wearing shields, they can sometimes block the Dragonfire.

When a dragon enters your area, the game will announce its presence and its name, though it will not pause or zoom the camera to its location (as it does in later versions). It will then attempt to eat you. Quickly.

Dragons are building destroyers which means among other things that doors are useless as defense. Even their breath is able to destroy (deconstruct) workshops and turn paved stone roads into dirt.

Defense strategies[edit]

Along with all other megabeasts, dragons are fully immune to all traps, so your only option is to deploy your military. It is possible for relatively small groups of dwarves (even as few as 8) to take down dragons, especially if there are high proportions of relatively well trained marksdwarves available.

While the dragon itself is usually fairly easy to deal with, if you are not quick in doing so, it will likely set a large number of objects (and dwarves) on fire. Given that dwarven AI doesn't understand being on fire very well, this can quickly lead to dwarves inadvertently spreading the fire throughout your fortress.

Timing can make the difference between success and failure. One strategy is to pile a large squad of melee dwarves and marksdwarves on the dragon while it's crossing a bridge over a river. If you're lucky, the barrage of bolts will send the dragon falling into the water and you can have your way with it. If done correctly, this is possible to pull-off without a single casualty.

Siege weapons can also work well against dragons -- one shot from a ballista is quite likely to kill or at the very least seriously injure a dragon.